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''SPY Fox'' is a series of point-and-click children's games made by Creator/HumongousEntertainment. The first instalment was released in 1997, with the series ultimately spanning three {{Adventure Game}}s and two arcade-style shooter {{Gaiden Game}}s.

The series follows unflappable superspy SPY Fox on his adventures, most of which involve stopping some kind of evil mastermind from conquering the world in one way or another. The series is an AffectionateParody of spy films in general and ''Film/JamesBond'' movies in particular.

The {{Adventure Game}}s, in order, are:
* ''SPY Fox in Dry Cereal'' (1997), [[FanNickname often referred to as]] ''SPY Fox [[{{Retronym}} 1]]''
* ''SPY Fox 2: Some Assembly Required'' (1999)
* ''SPY Fox: Operation Ozone'' (2001), [[FanNickname often referred to as]] ''SPY Fox 3''

The shooter {{Gaiden Game}}s, in order, are:
* ''SPY Fox in Cheese Chase'' (1998)
* ''SPY Fox in Hold the Mustard'' (1999)

The series also spawned multiple [[TieInNovel children's books]] (which may not have been published), including ''SPY Fox: The Official SPY Manual'' and ''SPY Fox: Twenty Thousand Leaks Under the Sea'', as well as a ''[[http://www.davewindett.com/various/fox.html SPY Fox]]'' ComicBookAdaptation.

[[folder:The premises, by installment]]
In ''SPY Fox in Dry Cereal'', William the Kid has kidnapped all the dairy cows in the world and hidden a Milky Weapon of Destruction on the Greek island of [[PunnyName Acidophilus]]. SPY Fox travels to Acidophilus in order to disarm Kid's Weapon and free the cows.

In ''SPY Fox in Cheese Chase'', Russian Blue returns and steals the Limburger cheese from the Museum de Fromage. SPY Fox travels around the globe in order to recover the cheese.

In ''SPY Fox 2: Some Assembly Required'', Napoleon [=LeRoach=] has hidden a Giant Evil Dogbot at the World's Fair. SPY Fox travels to the fair in order to turn off [=LeRoach=]'s Dogbot.

In ''SPY Fox in Hold the Mustard'', King Konglomerate sends his army of robots to steal all the tomatoes in the world. SPY Fox travels around the globe in order to destroy the robots and protect the tomatoes.

In ''[[http://www.davewindett.com/various/fox.html SPY Fox]]'', Napoleon [=LeRoach=] returns and has stolen all the compost in Britain. SPY Fox breaks into [=LeRoach=]'s secret headquarters in order to recover the compost.

In ''SPY Fox: Operation Ozone'', Poodles Galore has launched a giant, ozone-depleting aerosol can into orbit. SPY Fox travels around the globe in order to destroy the aerosol can.
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A demo version of ''Dry Cereal'' can be [[ftp://ftp.infogrames.net/demos/spyfox_dry_cereal/SPYCereal-Demo.zip downloaded]] from Infogrames.

Now available on Steam.

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!!Tropes in the ''SPYFox'' series:
* AbsentMindedProfessor: Professor Quack.
* AbsenteeActor: Monkey Penny is absent from ''Cheese Chase''.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Napoleon [=LeRoach=] has a secret base built in one, including an escape pipe to Fiji. And one to SPY Jail, of course.
* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: Captain Drydock in ''Dry Cereal''.
* AccidentalMisnaming: It's William, not Billy!
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: ''Cheese Chase'' and ''Operation Ozone''.
* AffectionateParody
* AirVentPassageway: In ''SPY Fox 2'', there is one point where you have to jump down a fan room [[spoiler:using a cape]] and land on an air vent to make it to the next room.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
** The Society of Meaningless Evil, Larceny, Lying and Yelling (S.M.E.L.L.Y.), the villains of ''Some Assembly Required''.
** Russian Blue's crimes (in which she was acquitted for) include "jay-tangoing" and "tangoing out of season."
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: [=LeRoach=]'s plan for the Giant Evil Dogbot in ''Some Assembly Required''. [[spoiler:He pulls it off, but SPY Fox is narrowly able to deactivate it before its rampage gets too out of hand]].
* BarefootCartoonAnimals
* BerserkButton: William the Kid being called "Billy."
* BigBad: William the Kid in ''Dry Cereal'', Napoleon [=LeRoach=] in ''Some Assembly Required'' and the ComicBookAdaptation ''[[http://www.davewindett.com/various/fox.html SPY Fox]]'', King Konglomerate in ''Hold the Mustard'', and Poodles Galore in ''Operation Ozone''.
%%Russian Blue isn't on this list because all she does as the villain of ''Cheese Chase'' is commit one act of grand theft, flee from custody, and send her goons after SPY Fox.
* BigGood: Monkey Penny.
* BiggerOnTheInside: The Mobile Command Center in ''SPY Fox 2''.
* BlatantLies: When Mr. Udderly details how he was kidnapped by Kid's nappers, he paints himself as far braver than the actual footage of his kidnapping shows.
* CameraSpoofing: SPY Fox has to do this in ''Some Assembly Required'''s regenerator path, using a postcard. Despite text on the postcard being plainly visible, the guard never catches on.
* CardCarryingVillain: S.M.E.L.L.Y. stands for "the Society of [[ForTheEvulz Meaningless Evil]], Larceny, Lying [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and Yelling]]." That should give you a good idea what the organization is like.
* ComicBookAdaptation: ''[[http://www.davewindett.com/various/fox.html SPY Fox]]'', which was published in the British magazine ''Planet PC''.
* CoolCar: SPY Fox's Asti Spumoni SPY Car from ''Dry Cereal'' and ''Operation Ozone''.
* CoolShip: The M.E.S.S. (Multiple Environment SPY Ship) from ''Hold the Mustard''. A giant version (M.E.S.S. II, the Super SPY M.E.S.S.) appears in ''Operation Ozone''.
* ContinueYourMissionDammit: Talking to Monkey Penny will cause SPY Fox to ask a pointless question, followed by her asking why he isn't doing what he should be.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: William the Kid in ''Dry Cereal'', King Konglomerate in ''Hold the Mustard'', and Poodles Galore in ''Operation Ozone''.
* CutSong: Some games' [=HE4=] files contain DummiedOut music.
* CutsceneIncompetence: The opening cutscene of ''Cheese Chase''.
---> '''SPY Fox:''' She won't get away with this. Not with Fox, SPY Fox, on her trail.
---> ''(Russian Blue zooms away in her car)''
---> '''Professor Quack:''' Uhh, it appears that she's getting away with it, SPY Fox.
* DeadpanSnarker: Monkey Penny.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: ''Some Assembly Required'''s DummiedOut cutscene.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Usually averted with the talk balloons--asking characters about things SPY Fox wasn't meant to be able to ask them about (which can only be done by using the game's debug mode or [=ScummVM=]'s debugger) has no effect in most cases. However, ''Some Assembly Required'' plays it straight in a few instances:
** Using any of the Caped Cod's talk balloons (which are normally only obtainable in the regenerator path) on Doll or Lee in the flytrap path triggers a dialog box with the message "CHEATER! You shouldn't have the cod talk balloon on the flytrap path!"
* DoubleTake: The worms in ''Dry Cereal'' do this in the White Water path.
* TheDragon: Russian Blue in ''Dry Cereal''.
** DragonTheirFeet: ...who subsequently steals the prized Limburger Cheese in ''Cheese Chase''.
* DualBoss: ''Hold the Mustard'''s eighth and final Florida Swamp Lands level.
* DummiedOut:
** ''Dry Cereal'':
*** The Evil Villain Jail coordinates are an inventory item that can only be obtained by using the game's debug mode or [=ScummVM=]'s debugger. They can be selected but cannot be used.
*** The game's [=HE4=] file contains [[CutSong unused music]], including music that [[EarlyBirdCameo would later be used]] in ''Cheese Chase''.
** ''Some Assembly Required'':
*** Elmo has six unused responses that can be triggered by using Madame Ladybug and Victor's talk balloons on him (which can only be done by using the game's debug mode or [=ScummVM=]'s debugger).
*** SPY Fox has an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGAOnZ_95tA unused cutscene]] that can be unlocked by adding "[=FryFox=BurnBabyBurn=]" to the game's section in the INI file. This scene is a ShoutOut to DragonsLair.
*** The game's [=HE4=] file contains [[CutSong unused music]].
** ''Hold the Mustard'':
*** The game's [=HE4=] file contains [[CutSong unused music]].
* EvenTheRatsWontTouchIt: When Spy Fox asks if the food in the cantina is any good, Bea responds there's a reason there aren't any rats in that part of town.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: ''Hold the Mustard''.
* ExpandedUniverse: The [[TieInNovel Tie-In Novels]] (if they were even published) and ComicBookAdaptation.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: In ''Spy Fox in Dry Cereal'', the weasel who is accepting invitations to the deck party on the S.S Deadweight gets a pretty surprising one when the titular character shows his (forged) invitation. This comes after he turned him away the first time.
-->'''Weasel''': Not you again! How many times do I have to tell you? This is a private party and without an invitation, you are not allowed to go on board! Sheesh! (Cue Spy Fox theme when Spy Fox whisks out his invitation) The nerve of some people. You'd think they would... (sees invitation) YEEHEE!!! Let me see that. Signed, Russian Blue. (Cue HeelFaceTurn) Oh sir! We are ever so honored to have you on board with us today. Please, feel free to come and go as you wish.
-->'''Spy Fox''': (quite sarcastically) Why thank you. How gracious of you. (BreakingTheFourthWall) What a weasel.
-->'''Weasel''': I trust you will have an enjoyable visit. Aand if there is any way in which I can kiss up to you any more sir, I trust you will let me know.
-->'''Spy Fox''': But of course!
* {{Expy}}: SPY Fox for James Bond, Monkey Penny for Money Penny, Quack for Q, SPY Corps for MI6, S.M.E.L.L.Y. for S.P.E.C.T.R.E. - the list goes on and on.
* FanBoy: Elmo.
* FemmeFatale: Russian Blue would be a good candidate. She basically seduces SPY Fox with a tango, even in a red dress.
* FiveFiveFive: Used in the beginning of ''Dry Cereal''.
* FreudianExcuse: [=LeRoach=]'s reason for coming up with the Giant Evil Dogbot plot? Because he was made fun of for being too short for a particular ride at the World's Fair.
* FunWithAcronyms: The M.E.S.S. (Multiple Environment SPY Ship), as well as SPY Corps' nemeses N.O.G. (Nectar Of the Goats) and S.M.E.L.L.Y. (Society of Meaningless Evil, Larceny, Lying and Yelling).
* GameWithinAGame: The SPY Watch games.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: The SPY Corps organization to which SPY Fox and his team belong.
* HardLevelsEasyBosses: The bosses in ''Hold the Mustard'' are all about a fifth of the length of the normal levels, and all it takes to beat them is to stand in one spot and hit their weak spot, highlighted on the radar. Their only way of attacking is by their robots, but on most of the bosses, you'll end up destroying it before they can even make it to you.
* HighClassGlass: William the Kid from ''Dry Cereal'' wears a monocle.
* HubLevel: The first two games have a sort of central square where most of the other areas can be accessed from. Averted in ''Operation Ozone'', where you instead use your SPY Car to fly around the world.
* HumongousMecha: The Giant Evil Dogbot in ''Some Assembly Required''.
* IBrokeANail: This is how [[spoiler: Monkey Penny manages to defeat Poodles Galore]].
* IKnowKungFaux: In ''Dry Cereal'' SPY Fox must learn Cock-a-Doodle-Fu to get past a certain N.O.G. guard. This becomes somewhat of a RunningGag in the later games.
* InvisibleWall: ''Hold the Mustard'''s Outer Space levels each have one at the top and one at the bottom.
* IrisOut: At the end of ''Dry Cereal''.
* LampshadeHanging: From the second game:
--> Walter Wireless: And the 74 million dollar question is...who invented the retractable TV?
* LateToThePunchline: Kids may not know ''everything'' the games were parodying.
* LevelEditor: ''Cheese Chase''.
* LiteralSurveillanceBug: Walter Wireless, who is also an InkSuitActor of Tom Brokaw.
* LogoJoke: ''Cheese Chase'' has a different intro to the HumongousEntertainment logo at the beginning of the game.
* LongSongShortScene: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crf9q-lBelo#t=55s Chase Scene a Go-Go!]]" is surprisingly much longer than what is actually heard in-game. Thankfully, the whole theme gets played in ''Cheese Chase''.
* MacGuffinDeliveryService: Played with. In ''Operation Ozone'', Professor Pushpin is counting on Spy Fox to bring him four objects to form his congeal pill. One of the paths in the game is a Prickly Pear Pizza. After Spy Fox gallivants all across the world to get the prickly pear to make it and brings it back, Pushpin eats it. When Spy Fox asks, Pushpin spouts an ExpospeakGag saying he was hungry and glad that Spy Fox could deliver it.
* MadLibsDialogue: Used for a handful of puzzles. ''SPY Fox'' is one of the few Humongous games to actually use dialogue for puzzle solving. %%please expand and/or correct this instead of removing if it's wrong
* TheManBehindTheCurtain: In ''Hold the Mustard'', halfway through the bonus Atlantis levels, [[spoiler:King Konglomerate is [[TheReveal revealed]] to be some sort of rodent (possibly a gerbil or guinea pig) piloting a gorilla robot. He then has to abandon his robot suit due to it [[NoWaterproofingInTheFuture getting wet and breaking]], and he doesn't get it back for the ending.]]
* MarathonLevel: ''Hold the Mustard'' has a reputation for being full of these, sans the boss levels mentioned above. They are about 4 to 5 minutes early on, and for a game with 101 levels, that is outrageous. [[DifficultySpike Then you get to the ones with double the amount of enemies]].
* MasterOfDisguise: Parodied in each of the adventure games, where SPY Fox has only to don the appropriate uniform to go incognito.
* MiniMook: The Gyro Grub, Gnat, Red Oy, and (to a lesser extent) Spry robots from ''Hold the Mustard''.
* MisguidedMissile: In ''Dry Cereal'', after putting the fuses together, the missile flies off, and we hear SPY Fox say, "I guess that guided missile was misguided." Then it flies back, crashing into the door, and then he says, "Of course, I planned that. I like a dramatic pause."
* MissionControl: Every game but ''Cheese Chase'' has Monkey Penny play this role, joined by Professor Quack in ''Hold the Mustard''.
* MostCommonCardGame: In ''Dry Cereal'', one mini-game has SPY Fox play a game of Go Fish for trinkets with a big pig, Artemis J. Bigpig, a parody of Kasper Gutman in ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon''.
* MultipleEndings:
** ''Dry Cereal'', ''Some Assembly Required'', and ''Operation Ozone'' all have two endings: one where the BigBad gets away, and another with a few more screens of gameplay culminating in the capture of the BigBad, see PressXToNotDie below.
** ''Hold the Mustard'' always ends the same way, but finding the bonus Atlantis levels gives the ending a visual difference (see TheManBehindTheCurtain above).
* MusicalNod:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1mDsbG9Wvw One]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddquxYL7Ajs of]] the two pieces of waltz music from ''Dry Cereal'' is a remix of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDWGg-d7SO8 Sam's Room theme]] from the ''PajamaSam'' games ''No Need To Hide When It's Dark Outside'' and ''[=SockWorks=]''.
** Part of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crf9q-lBelo#t=55s Chase Scene a Go-Go!]]" from ''Dry Cereal'' and ''Cheese Chase'' seems to be a remix of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMR4S2veiPo one of the level themes]] from ''PajamaSam's [=SockWorks=]''.
* TheNameIsBondJamesBond: "The name is Fox, ''SPY'' Fox."
* ParentService: Monkey Penny.
* ParentalBonus: More prominent in this series than most of the others by HumongousEntertainment. See the ShoutOut entry below for a good portion of them.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Averted with the X-Ray gum, where if you try to use it on Monkey Penny she will snark at you.
* PressXToNotDie: Or more accurately Click Here To Not Let The Bad Guy Get Away, near the end of each adventure game, you'll get the bonus ending if you succeed.
* TheProfessor: Professor Quack.
* PunchClockVillain: Every {{Mook}} in ''Dry Cereal''.
* PiranhaProblem: In ''Dry Cereal'' and ''Cheese Chase''.
* RecursiveImport
* RecycledSoundtrack: ''Cheese Chase'' and ''Operation Ozone'' each reuse music from previous games.
* RegionalBonus: ''Operation Ozone'' got [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moYFebZ-jE0 an additional two songs]]. The Music CD page of the American version's help file mentions "two funky, hip SPY Fox bonus tracks" which were supposed to be available from HumongousEntertainment's website but may never have been available there; these are likely the same two songs.
* RunningGag: In the second game: "No, not smelly, S.M.E.L.L.Y.!"
* SameLanguageDub
* ScriptSwap: Russian Blue only dances the tango, but the only music played at her deck party is waltz. Spy Fox slips in a sheet of tango music to distract her into dancing long enough for him to plant Walter Wireless in her purse.
* SequelHook: SPY Fox tries this on Monkey Penny during their chat upon Fox landing on Kid's blimp and Monkey Penny telling him not to let Kid get away:
--> '''SPY Fox''': But what about the sequel?
--> '''Monkey Penny''': There are plenty of other villains out there. We'll be fine.
* ShoePhone: ''Every'' single gadget is this. Laser toothbrushes, X-ray candy bars, booby trapped coins...
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Film/JamesBond'' especially, amongst others. The ridiculousness of the gadgets is a nod to ''Series/GetSmart''.
** Poodles Galore's name is a reference to Pussy Galore from ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''.
*** Or alternatively, Toodles Galore, Tom's most frequent love interest in ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''
** Mr. Udderly lifts a line straight from ''The Ghost and Mr. Chicken'': "My whole body's a weapon." It helps that Udderly sounds exactly like Creator/DonKnotts.
** In Dry Cereal, the cutscene where three mooks eye a recently dropped coin is reminiscent of the three-way duel at the climax of Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly.
** Artimice J Bigpig is heavily modeled after actor Sydney Greenstreet, and his voice actor even says "Gad!" like Greenstreet's character in ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon''.
** Fox's vocal characterization is ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' a shout out to ''Series/GetSmart''. It's Maxwell Smart's voice, coming out of a fox who is not Maxwell Smart, spoken by an actor who also is not Maxwell Smart. Mind: blown.
** On the non-spy-related references, Captain Drydock's voice characterization in ''Dry Cereal'' is a reference to [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]], right down to his speech about the sea being "the final frontier". And his boat is called the "SS Winaprise".
* SoundtrackDissonance: Can happen in ''Hold the Mustard''.
* SpyCatsuit: Monkey Penny wears one.
* SternChase: Inverted in ''Cheese Chase'', which has SPY Fox follow Russian Blue around the world for 100 levels.
* StoppedNumberingSequels: ''Operation Ozone'' (the third game) is unnumbered.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: If you ask Mr. Udderly about Russian Blue, he'll think you're talking about an UmbrellaDrink. If you ask Professor Quack the same question, he'll give you the same answer.
* TakeYourTime: Once you've disarmed the Milky Weapon of Destruction in ''Dry Cereal'', you can take absolutely as long as you like to get to the room where the dairy cows are being held in spite of the fact that Billy the Kid is escaping all the time.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Played straight and parodied in Spy Fox 2.
** Two retractable televisions in the Dream House of Wee World are CRTs.
** LeRoach has a setup in the sewers below the World's Fair which he uses to try one last scheme, but the program he launches contains a bug, which then shows a pop-up that looks like a Windows 95 dialog box, parodying how that OS crashed a lot at the time.
*** "This program will be shut down. Do you wish to throw a fit now?" Only one button is there, and it says "Yes".
* ThemeMusicPowerUp
* TieInNovel: May not have been published.
* TitleDrop: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] at the beginning of ''Some Assembly Required'':
---> '''SPY Fox:''' On the side it says "'Some Assembly Required.'" Sounds like a excellent title for one of my adventures.
* TrashLanding: SPY Fox does this in the opening cutscene of ''Cheese Chase''. The stunt seems to have been planned out, as seconds later the dumpster collapses to reveal Fox ready for action on his SPY Scooter.
* TuxedoAndMartini: SPY Fox is a parody of these types.
* UnreliableNarrator: See Blatant Lies above.
* {{Unwinnable}}: ''Some Assembly Required'''s DummiedOut cutscene replaces the Restructo-Lux room's only exit, so if you unlock the cutscene, the room can only be escaped by using the game's debug mode or [=ScummVM=]'s debugger.
* VideoGameCaringPotential: In ''Dry Cereal'', it's possible to go back to the Feta Factory after rescuing Mr. Udderly and turn the piranha pool's temperature back to a comfortable level. This has no effect on gameplay, though.
* WaxingLyrical: Played with towards the end of "Some Assembly Required, when Napoleon [=LeRoach=] finally gets his dinner after Spy Fox gives the Julia Child expy the fork, a line is sampled from Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots are made for walkin':
--> '''[=LeRoach=]''': Spit Roasted Boot Bearnaise! My favorite dish!
--> '''Hippo Cook''': This boot was made for eating.
--> '''[=LeRoach=]''': Then that's just what I will do!
* WhatsAnXLikeYouDoingInAYLikeThis: Spy Fox asks Bea this in the cantina. Bea says she asks the same question every morning.
* WhatTheHellPlayer: Monkey Penny dislikes it if you call her while you are in Mobile Command Center.
** Also if you try to use the X-ray gum on her.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Bea Bear. In ''Operation Ozone'', she explains why she changed jobs.
* WorldOfPun: As an AffectionateParody of ''Film/JamesBond'', this was inevitable, considering that series' reputation for puns.
* {{Wraparound}}: In ''Hold the Mustard'', horizontally but not vertically (even in the Outer Space levels, which prevent vertical wraparound with {{Invisible Wall}}s).
* YouMeddlingKids: In ''Dry Cereal'', after being caught, William the Kid spoofs the classic Scooby-Doo villain line: "I would've gotten away with my evil plan, if it weren't for that pesky Spy Fox!"
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